Skip to comments.Dying Man Reunited with Beloved Dog Makes Complete Turnaround
Posted on 10/19/2014 1:30:08 PM PDT by Sean_Anthony
Tail-wagging love really does conquer all:
James Wathen, a terminally-ill patient at Baptist Health Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky, had stopped eating and had become weak and frail. His condition kept deteriorating, and he was barely able to talk. Wathen managed to whisper to a nurse his wish to see his dog, Bubba, just one more time. The 73-year-old hadnt seen his one-eyed Chihuahua with no bottom teeth since he arrived by ambulance at the Whitley County hospital six weeks earlier.
One of our social workers realized it was mourning the loss of the dog that was making our patient even worse and emotionally unhealthy, we pulled out all the stops and found the dog, said Kimberly Probus, Chief Nursing Officer at Baptist Health Corbin
When time is of the essence, administrative policies can be cumbersome and time-consuming, so its often easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. So a group of nurses decided to track down Bubba and arrange a reunion with Wathen, even though the hospital had a rule against pets.
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This is a wonderful story. Thanks for posting.
The showed kindness and initiative.
They must be punished.
Wonderful story. Made me cry. I wish more hospitals had the brains to do this.
That was beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I would love to see hospitals all over revise pet visit policies.
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“They showed kindness and initiative. They must be punished.”
When the nurses said it’s easier to get forgiveness than permission, you know they were risking the wrath of the hospital bureaucracy.
Maybe the publicity is too much this time & they won’t suffer for their compassion.
Thanks so much for posting. I’ve had two tough years (non-physical) and my little rescue dog has provided so much love and support to sustain me. They are gifts from heaven!
Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.
George Graham Vest - c. 1855
Paging Dr. Thomas Friedman @ CDC....
Tears, tears, tears. Missing our sweet beloved Sammie girl. Wish she could’ve lived forever. She was a rescue, but we have often said, “Who rescued whom?” She healed us in so many ways, and I wished to return the favor, but alas, that was not to be. Dogs really are man’s best friend. Unconditional love!
You would think that hospitals would have figured this out a long time ago. It’s no secret that pets enrich our lives and pet owners live longer.
And everybody said, "Amen."
Great comment! I can hardly wait for Heaven sometimes.
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